Managerialism in Irish Universities

Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 1, 2010

25 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2010

Date Written: July 7, 2010


Managerialism is a term often used in relation to modern universities, sometimes as a neutral description of certain organisational techniques, sometimes as a pejorative expression. This article has three goals. Firstly, I suggest a reasonably precise definition of managerialism in this context. Secondly, against this definition I search for managerialism in modern Irish university law and practice, from the Universities Act, 1997, to the present; in which it will appear that managerialism has made considerable gains, though it has by no means conquered the field. And thirdly, I sketch some of the implications for the management of Irish universities.

Keywords: managerialism, Ireland, universities

JEL Classification: I20, I28

Suggested Citation

Hedley, Steve, Managerialism in Irish Universities (July 7, 2010). Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN:

Steve Hedley (Contact Author)

University College Cork ( email )


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